Cat Grooming: Bathing and Brushing

There’s been an ongoing debate in the world of cat pet owners: to bathe or not to bathe your cat. I’m going to put my oar ‘in the water’ on the favorable side. Cats, particularly those breeds with long hair or thick underfur need a regular bath. Likewise, cats who have been rescued typically need to be bathed. Cats born in less than ideal circumstances, usually lack a fully developed grooming instinct because of early separation from their mother. These animals aren’t dirty; they just need a little assistance such as hedgehog tick removal services. If you want your pet to be clean and neat, you have to provide him or her the best care and grooming possible. 

Furthermore, although cats can manage complete self-care grooming, the environment often contains allergens and contaminants that are harmful to cats. Cats exposed to fleas, ear mites, ticks, chemical fertilizers and traveling seeds suffer illness when they try to clean all this away. If a cat gets ear mites or fleas, he will scratch and dig until he tears his flesh, to rid himself of the itching. Cats with very long, angora fur are hard put to keep their fur as clean as they would like it. Plus, although cats dislike water, they can learn to enjoy their bath if pet owners make it a pleasant experience. Here is my guide to bathing cats.

Gather your supplies before your coral the cat. You will need several old towels, mild cat shampoo or baby shampoo, several cotton swabs, several baby wipes and an old hair brush. Use a sink trap to prevent cat hair clogs. Brush your cat’s fur before his bath to remove dirt and loose hair. Bathe the cat in a tub with a spray attachment or laundry tub. Set the water to lukewarm warm. You don’t want the water too hot or too warm. Add some shampoo to create a bubble bath.

If you’re cat cooperates with his bath you’ll just need to place him in the water, and gently wash him, using the hair brush to gently clean his fun and massage his scalp. Speak quietly and reassuringly to him. Tell his that he is being a very good boy. Gently wipe his eyes, nose, ears with the baby wipe. If his ears are dirty, gently swab them out with the cotton swabs. Rinse with clean warm water.

If your cat hasn’t made his peace with the bath tub, he may scratch you in his fear. Gently gather him up in an old towel. Wear gloves if necessary. Work as quickly as possible without scaring or upsetting kitty. Use the towel to wash him. Talk softly and encouraging. If he howls, just keep reassuring him that he is safe.

Let the water out after rinsing and towel dry the cat gently. Allow him to shake, but don’t let him go outside until he is dry. You don’t want him to catch a cold. Put him in a warm area, like a sun porch. Give him a special treat and tell him what a good boy he is. Between weekly baths, brush your cat to keep his fur clean. Remember to clean the cat hair out of the drain so you don’t get clogs.

Sooner or later if you are gentle and quiet with him, your cat will realized that he feels better after his bath (especially if it is followed by a dish of tuna-fish!)